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LAUSD to take day off for Cesar Chavez

March 25, 2009 12:24:10 PM PDT
Thousands of students in the L.A. Unified School District will be able to celebrate the life of Cesar Chavez with a day off school. The L.A. Unified Board of Education voted to make Cesar Chavez Day a school holiday on Tuesday.

The Legislature made Chavez' birthday, March 31, a state holiday in 2000. The measure called for schools to be closed if their school boards agreed.

The measure calls for Superintendent Ramon Cortines to find a holiday the district would like to drop in favor of the Chavez holiday. The measure also calls for the school board to establish service-learning projects "in the spirit" of Chavez, the founder of United Farm Workers and a civil rights leader.

School board member Yolie Flores Aguilar, who introduced the resolution, said, "Naming a holiday after Cesar Chavez is long overdue."

"Our students deserve to know the legacy of this courageous civil rights leader, they need to have a role model they can emulate and they should have opportunities to engage in community service as a way of giving back and learning about servant leadership."


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